Check out this beautiful 1939 Ford 9N! This impeccable restoration (from Mecum’s recent Charles Schneider auction in Lapeer, MI) showcases many of the unique features of the earliest versions of the popular Ford 9N. Early 9N tractors have several distinct characteristics from the later 9N models.
9N was named the 9 for the year 1939 and N, Ford’s designation for the model.
The original selling price for these tractors was $585. In order to keep costs low, Henry Ford used several parts from the cars–The engine is one-half of the Mercury and Ford truck V-8. This half-engine produced 28 HP at the PTO.
It also had an automotive electrical system with a coil on the ignition system, a car battery, truck differential gears and car front wheel bearings. Even the clutch and brakes from automobiles were used with modifications.
In addition to other features, the earliest 1939 9N tractors included:
Cast aluminum grille with semi-horizontal spokes. The hood and side panels (dog legs) were also aluminum.
Key and starter button located on the dash, an “Ignition-On” light on the dash, and a four-spoke steering wheel:
Smooth rear axle hubs:
Left and right brake pedals are interchangeable, the radius rods are I-beam type, and the fuel tank cover is snap-type (not hinged). Also in the picture you can see that the dash and steering housing are aluminum.
Other distinctive features of the early 9Ns are a square-type exhaust manifold, 4-blade fan, lack of freeze plugs in the side of the engine block, and fenders that are riveted to the brackets.
Note: This tractor does have running boards which weren’t original to this tractor but are certainly a comfortable feature!
These early 9N tractors are rare and highly desirable. Even non-restored ones sell well. Next time you spot an N tractor in the fence row, check for these features – you just might find something special!